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Hiking Trails

Understanding Trailhead Talk

Before you hit the trail, become familiar with these hiking terms.

Backcountry vs. Frontcountry Campsite 

A backcountry campsite requires you to get there on foot. A frontcountry site enables you to camp near your car.

Cairn:

This is a pile of stones, marking a route or landmark.

Headlamp 

An incredibly handy device, it’s a
light attached to an elastic band that you wear on your head to see in the dark.

Privy

It’s a discrete word for outhouse or bathroom.

Switchbacks:

Switchbacks make a Z-shaped trail up a hill. Hiking them is easier than going straight up or down a steep hill.

Trailhead: 

Often marked by a sign, it’s the start of a trail.

Crag 

It’s a steep rock face. In Yosemite, you’ll see climbers at the base of crags preparing to ascend them.

Water Pump 

These are often found at campgrounds, supplying potable water.